Some of ITV's most well known faces are featuring in a new advert promoting conversations to support better mental health following a recent survey which showed a fifth of people find it hard to talk about they're feeling around Christmas.
Ridhima Bhasin knows what it is like to need support with mental health. For years she had pushed feelings of sadness and worry to the back of her mind. Then in 2019, things changed. She was travelling to work one day and was considering ending her life. That is when she realised she needed to talk about how she was feeling.
Ridhima was diagnosed with depression and PTSD. As well as professional help, it was the support of her boyfriend, now husband, that made all the difference though admitting something was wrong was not easy.
Listening has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety levels, and is particularly important in helping others to open up about their problems.
A recent survey, conducted by ITV, has revealed that many people do not open up about their problems because they are worried what other people might say:
It is facts like these which has led ITV to create a new video featuring well known faces as part of the Britain Get Talking campaign which will be screened around some of the network's most watched programmes.
The film gives a tongue-in-cheek look at a day in the life of a make-up artist at ITV, following her day as a host of famous faces grace her make-up chair and vent hilariously about the trials and tribulations of the past couple of years.
It features celebrities including Joel Dommett, Emily Atack, Lorraine Kelly, Gino D’Acampo, Phillip Schofield, Charlene White, Helen Worth, Scarlett Moffatt, Fleur East. Emmerdale actors Emile John also features in the video:
The campaign has been produced in partnership with the charities YoungMinds, Mind and SAMH who hope it will encourage more people to seek support. Britain Get Talking has already prompted millions of conversations about mental health.
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For details of where to find help and support visit ITV's Britain Get Talking website which contains details of organisations who can help as well as information on how to support family and friends.